Swansea University suffered a crushing defeat against Bath University 3rds; a week after Swansea had defeated Bath 2nds.
Swansea captain Brooke Collett admitted: “We may have got a bit complacent because we beat their [Bath’s] seconds last week and [we lost to] their thirds this week.
“Anyone would expect to beat them.
“If we had beaten their seconds we should beat their thirds.
“We lost to them once before, then we beat them in the cup, so we didn’t know which way it would go.”
The game started brightly for Bath, who went 2-0 up in the first two minutes, with their goal-shooter Jess Dudley scoring both points.
The first quarter was a mixed affair for both teams as they were each scoring in flurries; however Bath came out on top leading 9-10 going into the break, with their goal-shooter Jess Dudley scoring six of their points.
The second quarter followed the same pattern as the first, both teams unable to dictate the game long enough to obtain an advantage, however Swansea’s goal-scoring threat had increased tremendously due to Collett’s quarterback-style passing around the court.
Swansea led 21-19 going into halftime.
Swansea’s goal-attack, Rebecca Steingass, scored seven points in the second quarter to give Swansea a two point lead going into the second half.
Both sides made substitutions at halftime.
Swansea replaced wing-attack Jasmine Lane and goal-shooter Katie Lellilott with Lisa Starbuck and Amber Jones respectively.
Bath made two changes at half-time, replacing wing-attack Alice Moger and goal-attack Jess Dudley with Sofia Fernandez and Emma Groundwater respectively.
Swansea’s changes slowed their pace of play in the third quarter.
Starbuck’s fiery introduction and mishandling of the ball had been to the detriment of the Swansea attack, however later in the third quarter she found her rhythm and played at a pace that complimented the new-found Swansea attack.
Bath dominated the third quarter, however still found themselves trailing by one point going into the break, with the score 26-25 in favour of the hosts.
The final quarter seen Bath dominate and take advantage of sloppy defending from a tiring Swansea side.
After exchanging one point apiece at the start of the fourth quarter, Bath scored six unanswered points, extending their lead to 32-27 with six minutes remaining in the game.
A resilient attack from Swansea in which they scored six points was not enough as Bath were able to withstand the pressure and score a further seven points to finish the game 33-39 to the visitors.
Swansea University 1sts 33-39 University of Bath 3rds